Sorry Coppice slump to bottom of the pile

A big shout from Coppice bowler Wayne Dixon for an lbw against Ollie Lomax is turned down by the umpire
A big shout from Coppice bowler Wayne Dixon for an lbw against Ollie Lomax is turned down by the umpire

White Coppice dropped to the foot of the Palace Shield Division One after a thumping 102-run derby defeat to Withnell Fold.

Josh Cunliffe’s team were worthy winners, dominating in all areas.

After the loss of an early wicket Oliver Lomax (56) and Cunliffe (43) posted a half-century second wicket stand after both being given reprieves by White Coppice’s profligate fielders.

Coppice paid the price for wayward bowling and were hit for a total of 21 fours and three sixes. Cunliffe looked set for his second fifty in successive matches but was run-out for the second week running following a brilliant bit of fielding by Steve Cooke.

Marcus Eaton took three wickets but proved to be expensive. Phil Jackson also took 2-43.

In reply White Coppice slipped to 47-5 and never recovered.

Spinner Khalid Valimulla took three wickets and Cunliffe grabbed a brace. Matt Smith (26) and Chris Maguire (21) put on 47 for the sixth wicket but then Smith was run out by his partner.

Eccleston were pipped to the points by Longridge seconds.

Tom Wilkinson took 3-37 as Longridge set Eccleston a total of 170-8.

Despite 38 from Nasaar Afsar, 29 from Stu White and 23 from Tom Potter, Eccleston were bowled out for 160.

Mawdesley were thrashed by Division One table toppers Torrisholme.

Neil O’Malley toiled away to take 3-52 as Torrisholme posted 165-6 off their allocated overs.

In a sorry batting display, Mawdesley were bowled out for 98.

Young all-rounder Nathan Trengove top scored with 28.

In the Premier Division, Croston are still looking for their first league win as they lost by 49-runs against Croston.

Sam Marsh took 4-47 as Penwortham closed on 164-8.

He then top scored with 19 as Croston were bowled out for 115.

Hoghton were thrashed by 109-runs against Fylde.

Spinner Matt Parkinson took 5-68 as Fylde posted an imposing 238-9. Several Hoghton batsmen made starts but nobody kicked on as they were skittled out for 135.